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I can't believe a year has past since I last did this! As is normal I am keeping my blog nice and simple (like me!  :giggle: ) with my TBR list and books read. Also as always, my plan is to buy fewer books and to get my TBR pile down, there are around 137 on there now which is higher than it has ever been and it would take me close to three years to read them without adding to the list! :) I will keep up the Book Box although I rarely use it as my mood generally dictates what I choose to read. The box looks nice on my shelf though!! :D I am however going to make a concerted effort to read books that have been gifted to me as it seems almost rude to leave them sitting there for so long. I will highlight these on my TBR list I think so I don't forget which ones they are.

 

In more exciting book news we are planning to do some redecorating this year and one of the rooms we do will be the living room, we have two alcoves in arches at one end of the room and we have decided that we will shelve these, so more room for books, and other lovely things too of course.  :doowapstart:

 

Away from reading I will be continuing with the dog agility with Jojo, along with looking into other ways of improving my fitness, Crossfit appeals and is a choice often made by others that follow the Paleo lifestyle so I will see if I can incorporate that into my life in some way. I have also purchased a second hand iJoy fitness machine, a kind of horseriding simulator of sorts, so I'm hoping that will help me tone up a little too! :D

 

Food wise I am going to try and get back into my usual healthy eating pattern, there have been too many temptations over the Christmas period and my body isn't feeling as good as it does when I am strict about what I eat. It will be easier once the kids are back to school and we have a routine. I have just bought an Instant Pot which is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, soup maker, it even makes yogurt! Not that I'll be doing that as I'm not a fan.

 

Happy New Year everyone!! May it bring you health, happiness and lots of reading time!!  :readingtwo:  :readingtwo:  :readingtwo:  :readingtwo:  :readingtwo:

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To Be Read - currently 162

 

Gifted books to be read this year

Books I want to get around to reading this year

 

11.22.63 - Stephen King

A Brief Affair - Margaret Leroy

A Cornish Affair - Liz Fenwick

A French Affair - Katie Fforde

After the Fall - Charity Norman

Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada

A Long, Long Way - Sebastian Barry

A Possible Life - Sebastian Faulks

Americcanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Among Others - Jo Walton

Angel Dares = Joss Stirling

Austerlitz - WG Sebald

Bay of Secrets - Rosanna Ley

Before I Met You - Lisa Jewell

Between Sisters - Kristin Hannah

Bird In Hand - Christina Baker Kline

Blackout - Connie Willis

Blitz - Molly LeFebure

Bodies of Light - Sarah Moss

Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi

Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks

Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

Class - Erich Segal

Coastliners - Joanne Harris

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein

Come Away With Me - Karma Brown

Confess - Colleen Hoover

Covenant With Death - John Harris

Diary of an Ordinary Woman - Margaret Forster

Divine Evil - Nora Roberts

Driftwood Summer - Patti Callahan

East of Eden - John Steinbeck

Eternal on the Water - Joseph Monninger

Etta and Otto and Russell and James - Emma Hooper

Everyone Brave is Forgiven - Chris Cleave

Fellside - MR Carey

Frank Skinner - Frank Skinner

Gone to Soldiers - Marge Piercy

Ghostwritten - Isabel Wolff

Half Lost - Sally Green

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Here's Looking At You - Mhairi McFarlane

Her Mother's Shadow - Diane Chamberlain

Home - Toni Morrison

Hothouse Flower - Lucinda Riley

I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh

I'll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson

In Defence of Dogs - John Bradshaw

In The Shadow of Blackbirds - Cat Winters

Keeper of the Light - Diane Chamberlain

Kiss River - Diane Chamberlain

Liberty's Fire - Lydia Syson

Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan

Little Bird of Heaven - Joyce Carol Oates

Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Lucky Us - Amy Bloom

Miss Garnet's Angel - Sally Vickers

Mist - Mary Fitzgerald

More Than This - Patrick Ness

Mothers and Daughters - Leah Fleming

My Animals and Other Family - Clare Balding

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

My Cousin Rachel - Daphne Du Maurier

Not A Drop To Drink - Mindy McGinnis

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

One Step Too Far - Tina Seksis

Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill

Our Endless Numbered Days - Claire Fuller

Out of the Easy - Ruth Sepetys

Parade's End - Ford Madox Ford

People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

Postcards From No Mans Land - Aidan Chambers

P.S. I Love You - Cecelia Ahern

Second Hand Heart - Catherine Ryan Hyde

Secrets of the Lighthouse - Santa Montefiore

Shadowplay - Laura Lam

Songs of Love and War - Santa Montefiore

South Riding - Winifred Holtby

Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky

Summer At Little Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan

Summertime - Vanessa Lafaye

Swan Music - Sarah Harrison

Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain

The Affair Santa Montefiore

The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Ballroom - Anna Wake

The Beachside Guest House - Vanessa Greene

The Bed I Made - Lucie Whitehouse

The Beekeeper's Daughter - Santa Montefiore

The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad

The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons

The Captain's Daughter - Leah Fleming

The Carriage House - Louisa Hall

The Choice - Nicholas Sparks

The Consequences of Love - Sulaiman Addonia

The Cornish House - Liz Fenwick

The Courage Tree - Diane Chamberlain

The Crying Tree - Naseem Rakha

The Devil's Music - Jane Rusbridge

The Falls - Joyce Carol Oates

The Fatal Englishman - Sebastian Faulks

The First Casualty - Ben Elton

The Flowers of the Field _ Sarah Harrison

The Food of Love - Anthony Capella

The Girl in the Blue Coat - Monica Hesse

The Girl on the Cliff - Lucinda Riley

The Girl Under the Olive Tree - Leah Fleming

The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Happy Home For Broken Hearts - Rowan Coleman

The Hare With Amber Eyes - Edmund De Waal

The Hidden Cottage - Erica James

The Horse Dancer - Jojo Moyes

The House by the Sea - Santa Montefiore

The Household Guide to Dying - Debra Adelaide

The House on the Strand - Daphne Du Maurier

The Ice Twins - S.K Tremayne

The Invisible Ones - Stef Penney

The Italian Girl - Lucinda Riley

The Italian Matchmaker - Santa Montefiore

The King's General - Daphne Du Maurier

The Lake House - Kate Morton

The Last Telegram Liz Trenow

The Letter - Kathryn Hughes

The Lie - C.L Taylor

The Light Years - Elizabeth Jane Howard

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After - Jenny Colgan

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul - Deborah Rodriguez

The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz - Denis Avey

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

The Museum of Things Left Behind - Seni Glaister

The One That Got Away - Bethany Chase

The Painted Bridge - Wendy Wallace

The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters

The Pearl - John Steinbeck

The Perfect Present - Karen Swan

The Prisoner of Heaven - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Proof of Love - Catherine Hall

The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson

The Rabbit Back Literature Society - Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen

The Red Pony - John Steinbeck

The Saffron Trail - Rosanna Ley

The Scapegoat - Daphne Du Maurier

The Sea - John Banville

The Sea Detective - Mark Douglas-Home

The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry

The Secrets of the Notebook - Eve Haas

The Seed Collectors - Scarlett Thomas

The Seven Sisters - Lucinda Riley

The Shadow Wife - Diane Chamberlain

The Ship of Brides - Jojo Moyes

The Stand - Stephen King

The Sunrise - Victoria Hislop

The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies

The Things We Never Said - Susan Elliot Wright

The Three - Sarah Lotz

The Throwaway Children - Diney Costeloe

The Time Between - Karen White

The Truth According To Us - Annie Barrows

The Twilight Hour - Nicci Gerrard

The Virgin Blue - Tracy Chevalier

The Way Back Home - Freya North

The Way You Look Tonight - Richard Madeley

Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden

Three Wishes - Liane Moriarty

Two Brothers - Ben Elton

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr

Where Love Lies - Julie Cohen

Where My Heart Used To Beat - Sebastian Faulks

Whiskey Beach - Nora Roberts

With Your Crooked Heart - Helen Dunmore

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Read in 2016

 

1.  Together for Christmas - Carol Rivers - 7/10

2.  Our Endless Numbered Days - Claire Fuller - 10/10

3.  Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi - 8/10

4.  Confess - Colleen Hoover - 9/10

5.  Blackout - Connie Willis - 10/10

6.  All Clear - Connie Willis - 10/10

7.  Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill 9/10

8.  Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan - 8/10

9.  Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery - 8/10

10. Disclaimer - Renee Knight - 8/10

11. The Ballroom - Anna Hope - 9/10

12. Half Lost - Sally Green - 6/10

13. Where Love Lies - Julie Cohen - 9/10

14. Humans of New York Stories - Brandon Stanton - 9/10

15. In the Sahow of Blackbirds - Cat Winters - 9/10

16. The Sea Between Us - Emylia Hall - 7/10

17. The Little Shop of Happy Ever After - Jenny Colgan - 7/10

18. The Girl in the Blue Coat - Monica Hesse - 6/10

19. Fellside - M.R. Carey - 10/10

20. Angel Dares - Joss Stirling - 8/10

21. The One That Got Away - Bethany Chase - 8/10

22. The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies - 5/10

23. The Food of Love - Anthony Capella - 6/10

24. Summer Shadows - Joss Stirling - 8/10

25. Ghostwritten - Isabel Wolff - 10/10

26. Driftwood Summer - Patti Callahan Henry - 9/10

27. Eternal on the Water - Joseph Monninger - 10/10

28. Come Away With Me - Karma Brown - 10/10

29. Songs of Love and War - Sante Montefiore - 7/10

30. Ketchup Clouds - Annabel Pitcher - 9/10

31. One - Sarah Crossan  - 10/10

32. Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo - 9/10

33. Whippoorwill - Joseph Monninger - 8/10

34. Bodies of Light - Sarah Moss - 10/10

35. The Throwaway Children - Diney Costeloe - 9/10

36. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr

 

DNF

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North

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Books bought in 2016.

 

Hopefully this will be a VERY short post!  :P

 

BLUE posts are new books, RED posts are charity shop bargains, GREEN posts are borrowed/gifted books.

 

FICTION

The Sea Detective - Mark Douglas-Home

The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea - Mark Douglas-Home

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After - Jenny Colgan (Read)

Angel Dares - Joss Stirling

The Ballroom - Anna Hope (Read)

The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George

The Flowers of the Field - Sarah Harrison

The Choice - Nicholas Sparks

Half Bad - Sally Green (Read)

Girl at War - Sara Novic

The Dressmaker of Dachau - Mary Chamberlain

Salt to the Sea - Ruth Sepetys

Ruby's War - Johanna Winard

The Choice - Nicholas Sparks

The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge

Fellside – M.R Carey

Out of the Easy – Ruth Sepetys

Bodies of Light – Sarah Moss

A Brief Affair – Margaret Leroy

The Devil’s Music – Jane Rusbridge

The Consequences of Love – Sulaiman Addonia

Songs of Love and War – Santa Montefiore

The Seed Collectors – Scarlett Thomas

Gone to Soldiers – Marge Piercy

Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

Come Away With Me – Karma Brown

Three Day Road – Joseph Boyden

Driftwood Summer – Patti Callahan

Eternal on the Water – Joseph Monninger

The One That Got Away – Bethany Chase

The Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain

Covenant of Death – John Harris

The Lake House - Kate Morton

The Hidden Cottage - Erica James

The Affair - Santa Montefiore

The House by the Sea - Santa Montefiore

Diary of an Ordinary Woman - Margaret Forster

The King's General - Daphne Du Maurier

South Riding - Winifred Holtby

December - Elizabeth H Winthrop

Ruby's War - Johanna Winard

Three Wishes - Liane Moriarty

The Three – Sarah Lotz

Austerlitz – W.G Sebold

People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks

The Household Guide to Dying – Debra Adelaide

The Italian Matchmaker - Santa Montefiore

The Beekeeper's Daughter - Santa Montefiore

The Girl on the Cliff - Lucinda Riley

Hothouse Flower - Lucinda Riley

A Cornish Affair - Liz Fenwick

The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry

The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide

The Virgin Blue - Tracy Chevalier

 

 

The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies

A French Affair - Katie Fforde

The Girl in the Blue Coat - Monica Hesse (Goodreads Win!)

 

NON-FICTION

Humans of New York - Brandon Stanton (Read)

Dead Wake - Erik Larsen

Frazzled - A Mindfulness Guide - Ruby Wax

Control Unleashed - Leslie McDevitt

World War 1: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary – Kim Lockwood

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So jealous of the alcoves - that will look great!

11.22.63 - Stephen King - loved this, although I had the audio version.

Among Others - Jo Walton - quite a slow book, but I did enjoy it. 

Fractured - Teri Terry - I thought this was a good ending to the trilogy.. in fact I enjoyed all 3.

More Than This - Patrick Ness - Really liked this one.. will be looking out for your thoughts.

Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill - Both of hers made my top 15 of 2015!

The Ice Twins - S.K Tremayne - a good thriller!

The Stand - Stephen King - am working my way through the graphic novel version. 

Birdy - William Wharton - recently spotted and added to my wishlist.

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So jealous of the alcoves - that will look great!

11.22.63 - Stephen King - loved this, although I had the audio version.

Among Others - Jo Walton - quite a slow book, but I did enjoy it. 

Fractured - Teri Terry - I thought this was a good ending to the trilogy.. in fact I enjoyed all 3.

More Than This - Patrick Ness - Really liked this one.. will be looking out for your thoughts.

Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill - Both of hers made my top 15 of 2015!

The Ice Twins - S.K Tremayne - a good thriller!

The Stand - Stephen King - am working my way through the graphic novel version. 

Birdy - William Wharton - recently spotted and added to my wishlist.

I will be sure to post before and after photos when they are done, could be a while and we need to have some work done before we can start and I still need to sort quotes etc etc!

I have Slated and Fractured by Teri Terry which I believe to be the first two of the trilogy, I must get around to starting them soon! Too many books! What a problem to have! :D

I definitely want to get to Only Ever Yours very soon, the synopsis is chilling! :o

 

I really need to get around to a Stephen King this year, he is my Dad's favourite author and he keeps asking if I've read another yet. I read Under The Dome last year (2014) but found it a little laborious, but I was on holiday at the time so maybe not ideal.

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Happy reading in 2016, Chalie! We have quite a few TBR books in common, so I'll be following your log with interest.

 

Can't wait to see pics of the alcoves once they're done. :D I'd love to have something like that!

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Happy reading year in 2016, Chalie :):readingtwo:!!

 

Good luck with the redecorating, I would love to see pictures when it's all done.

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Also as always, my plan is to buy fewer books and to get my TBR pile down, there are around 137 on there now which is higher than it has ever been and it would take me close to three years to read them without adding to the list! :)

 

I'll cheer you on, as we have the very same goal :giggle2: 

 

I will keep up the Book Box although I rarely use it as my mood generally dictates what I choose to read. The box looks nice on my shelf though!! :D

:lol: That reason alone is enough to keep one's Book Box :D Nah, seriously, you've been having a lot of fun with it and I look forward to hearing what the BB produces next :) 

 

I am however going to make a concerted effort to read books that have been gifted to me as it seems almost rude to leave them sitting there for so long. I will highlight these on my TBR list I think so I don't forget which ones they are.

 This, very much THIS!! :blush: I know exactly what you mean and I know exactly how you feel. It seems rude, but in my defence, the people who send me books as presents know me so very well that they know exactly what type of books I like and want, and this might sound weird to some, but it's like with candy: I'm one of those people who likes to eat the not-so-great-ones first, in order to save the best for last. With books: for years now I've thought that I'd like to read the ones I own that I might like, yes, but not as much as to want to hold on to the copy. Books I've bought from secondhand bookshops or library removed books sales. This is also to make my bookshelves look nicer. This is all planned in order to have the most precious books for last, and these include the ones that I've been gifted with. And sure, by now I've realized that I'll keep on buying other books in the meantime and this way I will never get to the books I've been most looking forward to reading. It's sooo stoopid! :blush: So in one of my posts, I organized my TBR according to different genres I'd like to read throughout the year and one of the 'genres' or themes, I should say, were gift books. I know you highlighted yours. Great minds think alike :cool::lol: 

 

 

To Be Read - currently 138

 

Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

My Cousin Rachel - Daphne Du Maurier

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

The Stand - Stephen King

 

These are all really great in their different ways! :smile2: I really hope you enjoy them :smile2:

 

The Rabbit Back Literature Society - Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen

 

 I won't say anything, I'm just doing a happy little dance!   :exc:  

 

What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

 

I just discovered this author this year, and I want to read all her books that I haven't yet read, WAF being one of them. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it when you get to it! There were quite a few other titles too on your TBR that are on my TBR or wishlist and so I'll be keeping a close eye on your book log! 

 

Edit: Forgot to say earlier that I love alcoves! I'm so jealous :D If it's not too much trouble, could you please post before-pics as well as after-pics?

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 I will keep up the Book Box although I rarely use it as my mood generally dictates what I choose to read.

 

My Book Box has been eeevil to me with it's choices, so I've stopped using it. :blush2::D

 

I agree with everyone else - books in alcoves always look lovely!! :boogie:

 

From your TBR pile:

 

Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada. I have this one my TBR pile, and on my list of books to read in the next few months.

11.22.63 - Stephen King. This was a pretty good read, but I don't think it's his best - that's reserved for The Stand. :D

I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh. This one was good; it has the best twist I have ever come across. :boogie:

Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill. Disturbing but compelling reading.

The Invisible Ones - Stef Penney. Not bad, but doesn't compare to The Tenderness of Wolves, which I loved.

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton. I bought this recently, and hopefully will read it this year.

The Stand - Stephen King. My fave book of all time. :D

 

I hope you have a great reading year in 2016. :boogie:

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My Book Box has been eeevil to me with it's choices, so I've stopped using it. :blush2::D

 

I agree with everyone else - books in alcoves always look lovely!! :boogie:

 

From your TBR pile:

 

Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada. I have this one my TBR pile, and on my list of books to read in the next few months.

11.22.63 - Stephen King. This was a pretty good read, but I don't think it's his best - that's reserved for The Stand. :D

I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh. This one was good; it has the best twist I have ever come across. :boogie:

Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill. Disturbing but compelling reading.

The Invisible Ones - Stef Penney. Not bad, but doesn't compare to The Tenderness of Wolves, which I loved.

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton. I bought this recently, and hopefully will read it this year.

The Stand - Stephen King. My fave book of all time. :D

 

I hope you have a great reading year in 2016. :boogie:

 

I can't wait to do the alcove shelves, I am mentally designing them already!! :D

 

Sorry to hear about your naughty Book Box, I'm afraid I cheat a little and always pull out 2 or 3 options and choose from them! Thanks for the recommendations BB! I think 2016 really has to be the year of The Stand!!! :D

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I look forward to more :readingtwo:  recommendations... :D

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Of Mice and Men and A Handmaids Tale is showing up on lots of lists :)  I highly recommend Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

 

Good luck with the agility- I always thought that would be fun.   

 

Happy New Year :readingtwo:

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Of Mice and Men and A Handmaids Tale is showing up on lots of lists :)  I highly recommend Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

 

Good luck with the agility- I always thought that would be fun.   

 

Happy New Year :readingtwo:

Thanks Anna, Unbroken is definitely one I want to get round to this year.  The agility is great, such good fun for me and the dog. Do you have a dog? Maybe you could give it a go. :) 

 

Hope you read some great books this year!   :)  :readingtwo:

Thanks Claire, you too. :)

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11.22.63 was the first Stephen King I ever read about 18 months ago. I loved it and have since read another 2 although I'm yet to try The Stand!

 

We have a few TBR titles in common so I will be following along with interest.

 

Happy reading year!

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11.22.63 was the first Stephen King I ever read about 18 months ago. I loved it and have since read another 2 although I'm yet to try The Stand!

 

We have a few TBR titles in common so I will be following along with interest.

 

Happy reading year!

Thanks Alexi, I've read that 11.22.63 is a bit of a slog to get through with a lot of political detail, did you find that? Which others of his have you read? The Stand is definitely on my 2016 reading radar as it is so highly thought of on here, I hope O agree! My Dad loves SK so I feel a bit pressured to love them too. :)

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Thanks Anna, Unbroken is definitely one I want to get round to this year.  The agility is great, such good fun for me and the dog. Do you have a dog? Maybe you could give it a go. :)

I do, but he's 11 and hates other dogs!

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I do, but he's 11 and hates other dogs!

Ha! Maybe not then, I have a grumpy 12 year old too who has never competed due to elbow problems he had as a pup, he really wouldn't have coped well with mixing with lots of other dogs anyway. He is getting more chilled now and for a Cattle Dog he is probably considered laid back! Jojo is much more sociable but I do have to watch her as she won't be told what to do by other dogs. What breed is your boy and what is his name? :)

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Is that Jojo in your avatar? 

 

I love cattle dogs, I love their eyes.  I have Luka, a Kerry Blue Terrier.  I don't think I would ever have a terrier again!  They are crazy!

 

Do you show too, or just agility?

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Thanks Alexi, I've read that 11.22.63 is a bit of a slog to get through with a lot of political detail, did you find that? Which others of his have you read? The Stand is definitely on my 2016 reading radar as it is so highly thought of on here, I hope O agree! My Dad loves SK so I feel a bit pressured to love them too. :)

I didn't find that at all! I'm super interested in US history and politics so I might have noticed it less than others I guess, but it's interesting others found that. I hope you do enjoy it when you give it a go :)

 

It's long, but very readable IMO.

 

I've also read The Shining and Different Seasons. All three are so different but I loved them all.

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